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2014-12-22 Civil Society Confronts Kabila's Quest for Life in Power
[Friends of the Congo]As 2014 comes to a close, the dominant challenge facing Congolese people is the lengths to which President Joseph Kabila will go to maintain a stranglehold on power.

2014-12-22 UNHCR Condemns Massacres in Beni, in DR Congo and Calls for Humanitarian Access
[UNHCR]This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 19 December 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

2014-12-22 Amid Spike in Violence, UN Refugee Agency Concerned About Humanitarian Situation
[UN News]Continuing violence and multiple attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have sown widespread fear and sparked displacement of thousands of people, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today, amid appeals for humanitarian access to help those in distress.

2014-12-22 ICTR Gives Ex-Minister 30 Years in Jail, DRC Sentences a Colonel to Life
[Hirondelle]Arusha -The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) cut an ex-minister's jail sentence from 35 to 30 years. Meanwhile in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a colonel was sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity.

2014-12-22 Flying Eagles Draw Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Congo
[Guardian]NIGERIA'S U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, will seek to avenge defeat by Cote d'Ivoire at the 2015 AYC, after both teams were drawn in the same first round group in Senegal 2015 Championship Sunday.

2014-12-21 Colourful Kebano's Dramatic Month
[CAF]After a rollercoaster of a month where Neeskens Kebano scored a goal in his international debut for Congo DR and then thought the Leopards were eliminated from qualifying for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, it was a dramatic phone call at the airport - as he waited with other European-based team-mates to return to their clubs - that has left the 22-year old midfielder to dream of even bigger things.

2014-12-19 UN Rights Chief Welcomes Conviction of Congolese Army Officer for Crimes Against Humanity
[UN News]The top United Nations official on human rights issues has welcomed the recent conviction and sentencing of a senior army officer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for crimes against humanity, adding that the move would help garner momentum for other similar cases currently underway in the country.

2014-12-19 Eastern Congo's Beni Region Rocked By Killings, Rights Abuses and Fear
[UNHCR]Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo -The UN refugee agency on Friday called for humanitarian access to the Beni area of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo amid a deteriorating security and human rights situation for the civilian population.

2014-12-19 Profile of Vulnerable People - Albertine
[IFRC]Albertine is 40. She has nine children. They all live together in Saint Charles Lwanga camp, a few kilometres outside Bangui. Albertine's husband was killed in that same camp, almost a year ago, after their family fled violence in their community.

2014-12-19 Chaotic Closure of a North Kivu IDP Camp
[IRIN]Kinshasa -The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned.

2014-12-19 The International Envoys for the Great Lakes Region Call for Rapid Implementation of the Nairobi Declarations
[PR Newswire]Brussels -One year ago, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the M23 rebel group signed two Declarations in Nairobi, Kenya, which concluded a year-long peace process held in Kampala under the auspices of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and his facilitator Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga. In their respective Declarations, the signatory parties committed to take immediate steps to find lasting solutions to the issues raised during the Kampala Dialogue and end the conflict between the DRC A

2014-12-18 President Kabila's Troubled Relationship With Katanga
[African Arguments]Since the beginning of 2014, electoral fever in the DRC has been on the rise, although presidential elections aren't scheduled before the end of 2016.

2014-12-18 Ending the Status Quo

2014-12-17 Leveraging Mobile Tech to Combat Conflict and Corruption
[allAfrica]Washington, DC -Rarely has so small a law stirred so much debate about so distant a conflict. Over the past several months, debate about legislation requiring companies to disclose any use of conflict minerals in manufacturing, has dragged a bunch of seemingly unconnected people into its orbit: from Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rogers and members of the U.S. Congress to Washington think tanks and thousands of American companies.

2014-12-19 WB Helps DRC Strengthen Health Systems to Improve Women and Children's Health
[World Bank]Washington -The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors today approved a total of U$226.5 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to strengthen its health systems to improve maternal and child health services. The project will also support an Ebola preparedness plan for DRC and enable the country to be better equipped to respond to anew Ebola outbreak.

2014-12-17 UN Envoys Welcome Conviction of Army Officer for Crimes Against Humanity
[UN News]United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura welcomed today the conviction of a senior army officer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for crimes against humanity, saying the verdict sends a "very clear message to perpetrators of sexual violence in DRC that they cannot hide behind a badge or evade justice with a uniform."

2014-12-17 Looming Offensive Prompts 'Humanitarian Fallout' Fears
[IRIN]Kampala -Plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army and UN peacekeepers to again take on one of the oldest insurgencies in the country have sparked concern for civilian populations and raised questions about the wisdom of the operation, set to take place in early 2015.

2014-12-17 Repatriation of Former M23 Rebels Turns Violent
[Deutsche Welle]A bid by Ugandan authorities to repatriate former M23 rebels back to the Democratic Republic of Congo has turned violent. Dozens escaped en route to the airport. Ugandan troops were accused of wounding some ex-rebels.

2014-12-17 UN Helps Gay Man Find a New Home
[UNHCR]Cape Town, South Africa -Junior Mayema hid his sexual orientation while growing up in his native Democratic Republic of the Congo, but when his mother discovered that he was gay her anger knew no bounds.

2014-12-16 Scores Killed in Rebel Attacks - Army, UN Should Protect Civilians in Beni
[HRW]Goma -Unidentified rebel fighters have killed at least 184 civilians and wounded many others in attacks on villages in Beni territory in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since October 2014. Such killings amount to war crimes.

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